Inspection set for 69kV Benguet transmission project

THE National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Field-Based Investigation (FBI) team will conduct an ocular inspection in La Trinidad for the P644-million transmission line project of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

Team leader Abilene Cirilo informed the La Trinidad Municipal Council prior to the NCIP certification precondition application of NGCP for its proposed La Trinidad-Calot 69 kV project located in La Trinidad and Sablan in Benguet.

The team is set to conduct the proposed transmission line route in Barangays Beckel, Ambiong, Pico and Puguis.

NGCP determined the route of the transmission line of the project April 25 and on April 26. An FBI consultation will also be made.

FBI had finished its inspection in one barangay in Sablan last year.

With the proposed project under the ancestral domain of Sablan and La Trinidad, it entails the need for a Free Prior and Informed Consent.

Once completed, the La Trinidad-Calot 69 kV line is expected to address the expected transmission overloading and will serve as a back-up in times of contingency or a failure in the transmission system.

The project involves the construction of a transmission line using new right of way and de-commissioning of some portions of the old circuit line.

Earlier, Melma Batario, NGCP regional communication and public affairs officer for Baguio- Benguet, Mt. Province and Pangasinan, said the project aims to increase power transfer capacity of transmission corridor.

The Energy Regulatory Commission had also given a green light for the NGCP's 69kV line project.


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